Research and Development


Welcome to the Research and Development section of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Maternity Resource Hub. The Health and Care Act (2022) strengthened the duties on NHS England and integrated care systems (ICSs), which are now required to ‘facilitate and otherwise promote research’. As part of our commitment to excellence, we actively support and promote research initiatives that aim to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. Our endeavours align closely with our Chief Midwives’ National Maternity and Midwifery Research Strategy for NHS England, ensuring our local efforts contribute to this national agenda whilst reflecting the needs of our local communities.

In this section, you will find valuable resources, links, and references to the strategy, providing a comprehensive platform for healthcare professionals, researchers and families to explore and engage in current and past research projects. Together, we can shape a brighter future for local maternity and perinatal care.

Take a look through the range of resources below where you can read relevant National frameworks and local training needs analysis developments

The national maternity team are in the process of developing a national training needs analysis, that can be used by all local maternity units, across NHS England. As soon as this becomes available, we will add links in his section of your Maternity Resource Hub.

Access your Essential Maternity Training Personal Development Plan interactive document

Essential Maternity Training personal plan document

System-level research projects

Finding your PLACE with CLiP UCLan led by Dr Anna Byrom

Project summary
This research project was supported by the ICS and Enabling Effective Learning Environments Funding from Health Education England and aimed to implement and evaluate Collaborative Learning in Practice for Midwifery students on ward-based placements across four maternity sites in Lancashire and South Cumbria. A range of resources were developed and used to support practice shared within the system and beyond.

You can access a Padlet of resources with videos, PDF downloads that can be made available
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Sustaining Continuity of Carer in Practice – SCCiP project UCLan led by Dr Anna Byrom

Project summary
This project evaluated the implementation of the Midwifery Continuity of Carer Better Births care model in three different maternity trusts and three Midwifery Continuity of Carer teams across the LSC-LMS; examining what works to support successful practice and ways to overcome identified barriers.


Student Midwife Continuity of Carer action research project led by Dr Kenny Finlayson and Dr Anna Byrom

Project summary
This project evaluated the implementation of the Student Midwife Continuity of Carer [SMCoC] clinical placement model in five different NHS Trusts and CoC teams across the Lancashire and South Cumbria Local Maternity Service [LSC-LMS]. It examined what works to support successful practice in this area by exploring the experiences of student midwives, relevant educational staff at UCLan and key stakeholders at the associated NHS Trusts.


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